New Trail Camera results

In the latest location, there were no foxes or hares – but overwhelmed with squirrels. Of the 200 triggers over 7 days, 97 captured squirrels, while another 71 ‘blank’ sequences were probably squirrels that triggered the sensor but were out of the camera’s view. 15 triggers captured muntjacs. Other sequences were of wood pigeons and dogs (the location was near a path). The compilation here shows a badger by night and a group of pheasants by day.

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Purple Emperor

Photo0040While working in the main car park area this morning, we were lucky to see a Purple Emperor coming down to the ground. Apologies for the low quality photograph, but at that moment, I only had a simple mobile phone to hand!

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Clear to go!

003-1400x1050The working party on 20th May cleared the obstruction created by contractor’s brash last winter, so it is now possible to walk again between Justice Hill and the Yellow Trail. The gap frames one of the pollarded hornbeams.

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Trail camera

The Friends group has bought a trail camera to investigate wildlife activity in the wood. Here is one of the first results showing a fox.

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First Bluebells of the spring

There’s a quiet spot in the wood where every year the bluebells appear before the mass in the rest of the wood.

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A surprise along Middle Way

slow_wormWhile walking along Middle Way on last week’s Friday work party, this slow worm appeared on the path. Also, we saw a Holly Blue butterfly there. While this is a common butterfly and is frequently seen in Cuffley’s domestic gardens, it is far less often noted in the Great Wood.

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Recent sitings in the Wood

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Green Veined White


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Song Thrush


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Speckled Wood


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Meadow Brown


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Scorpion Fly


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Ringlet


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Large Skipper


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Waiting for lunch…


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Peacock


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Silver washed frittilary


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Gatekeeper


 

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June 2015 – Spectacular display of Foxgloves purple, pink and white. Picture (taken on my ‘phone) doesn’t do it justice

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

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One year on…

Yes it’s been a while since this blog had any postings. Out this afternoon monitoring the butterflies: not as many as I’d hoped, but the following were seen: Orange Tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

IMG_7011rPeacock on Middle Way.

There seemed to be quite a few Buzzards in the woods which were disturbed as I walked by. I suppose they wouldn’t be there if there wasn’t something edible nearby.

IMG_7012r2Buzzard in the Sweet Chestnut glade at the end of the transect.

 

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End April

Now the ground is a lot drier but still sticky in some places, compare with previous postBlogPicbApr14BlogPicaApr14

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